When it comes to small herbivores, hay is must. In fact, hay should make up 80% of the diet of your pet chinchilla, rabbit, or guinea pig. Although they don’t need to consume as much as the others, rats and hamsters should also be provided hay on a daily basis. While pellets and other treats, including fruit, should be measured and regulated to avoid obesity and other health problems, your pet should be given unrestricted access to unlimited hay on a daily basis. There are several different types of hay to choose from, each with its own list of provided benefits and nutrients. Here at American Harvest, we offer the best selection of premium, all natural hay for you to choose from. Hay is important not only for your pet’s digestive system and overall health, but also for their dental maintenance. Below, we’ll take a look at the benefits of a variety of hay types, so you can determine which is best for your furry friend!
Timothy Hay is made up of 100% dried, premium Timothy grass, which packs in all of the nutrients and goodies your pet needs to stay happy and healthy. Timothy hay has just the right balance of protein, fiber, fat, and moisture, making it a great option for adult and baby animals alike. Unlike Alfalfa, Timothy hay can be provided in unlimited quantities for your pet, and does not enable selective feeding like Meadow hay. Choose from a variety of all-natural Timothy hay options from American Harvest here!
Orchard Grass is another premium hay that can be offered in addition, or as an alternative, to Timothy hay. Timothy hay is great because of its natural texture, which helps to keep your small pet’s teeth and dental health in check. Chewing on coarse grass ensures that your pet’s teeth do not become overgrown, which can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Although this is an important part of keeping your pet healthy, some small pets prefer hay with a softer texture. In this case, it is important to make sure your pet still eats a large portion of hay everyday, and Orchard Grass is an excellent high-quality, softer option. Check out our wide variety of premium Orchard grass options from American Harvest here!